What is it?
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is a type of gift aid[?] funded by the state of Michigan. TIP provides assistance in two phases. Phase I covers tuition and mandatory fee charges for eligible students enrolled in a credit-based associate degree or certificate program at a participating Michigan community college, public university, degree-granting independent college, federal tribally-controlled college or Focus: HOPE. Phase II provides a maximum of $2,000 total tuition assistance for credits earned in a four-year program at an in-state, degree-granting college or university.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for TIP, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). Students must have completed at least 56 transferable credit hours to be eligible and Phase II use must begin within 30 months of Phase I completion.
How do I apply?
If eligible, the Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) will send the student an acceptance form. The student must then complete the acceptance form and return it to SSG before graduation from high school or GED completion and must graduate before the student's 20th birthday to activate financial eligibility for the program. SSG will send the student an “eligibility letter” in their senior year of high school which should be presented to the financial aid office upon enrollment to receive payment.
Michigan Tuition Incentive Program Fact Sheet